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Feb 4, 2013 3:00pm PST
, but don't worry, u.s. coal companies are getting in on the act too. >> jennifer: pollution readings in beijing, china were the worst on record last month. they advised the elderly, children and people with respiratory to just stay in doors. the air was so bad it was literally off of the charts. the air quality index maxes out at 500. in the chinese capitol, the reading hit a whopping 755. a major culprit behind the toxic smog was coal. china is the largest consumer of coal. and its appetite for coal isn't waning any time soon. it currently has 620 coal-fired power plants with another 363 coal fired power plants in the works. coal is of course among the dirtist of fossil fuels. here is a dirty little secret some of this coal comes from america, and if big coal has its way, there will be much more en route to asia. the u.s. coal industry is currently campaigning hard to ramp up the amount of coal that we export. they are hoping to bill five new ocean terminals in washington and oregon where u.s. coal would be shipped abroad to china and india. those terminals would
Feb 5, 2013 3:00pm PST
to destroy. >> today the u.s. government filed charges against the agencies of standard & poor's for its role in the 2008 economic cries. s & p rates investments. when they give an investment a high rating it's considered a low risk. even the most conservative investors like pension funds feel confident buying that product. well the justice department allegeses that s & p knowingly gave high rates to toxic bad mortgages that s & p knew were risky because s & p wanted more business from the banks that createed those purposefully risky bad bundles. that's right. they said the agency, they're getting paid by the very banks they're evaluating. a little conflict of credit? >> s & p misled investors including federally insureed financial institutions causing them to lose billions of dollars. >> going after the credit rating agencies have been a long time in coming. they've called it code made alchemy. they've been doing it for three years and during that time s & p turned over 100 million pages of documents including e-mails between employees and some damaging information has come from those e-mail
Feb 6, 2013 3:00pm PST
in the u.s. immigrants in this country right now are often exploited by their employers or paid at lower wages than they should be. they are not given the benefits they should be. it gives them a path at work and raises their wages, which is good for everybody in the labor movement. >> jennifer: you are at a conference, and immigration reform is probably one of the subjects that you are talking about, does the uaw or labor in general have outreach programs to enlist new immigrants? >> we're very strongly in favor of immigration reform as a path to citizenships. we run into immigrants that are great workers and work hard and they should be treated equally. in the auto industry we do a lot of international work and the economies that are not moving forward, in both cases they have really strong restrictions on immigration. and immigrants pay payroll taxes, social security taxes, sales taxes. they put much more into the system than they ever take out. so it's a question of fairness a question of how we strengthen american workers and protect the dignity and rights of the
Feb 7, 2013 3:00pm PST
that and letting the c.i.a. do open hits with guns and rifles in the u.s.? >> jennifer: and i think these are really important points that you have to have protocols you got to have structures and you got to protect the rights of american citizens, but to say that you couldn't be using drone shouldn't be using drones at all because of collateral damage. >> you get around the need of the long time it takes to get a war in. there is no reason why we shouldn't be able to set up something like that to have a check and balance here. >> jennifer: stephanie let me flip you back on the republican side. there are republicans like senator richard burr but really the fact that there is this fight on the left to get back to that question, don't you think that it assures that brennan is more likely to get confirmed by picking a lot of republican votes? >> i agree, and i also think that just jumping back to the gun argument it also helps news terms of the people who think they need guns to protect themselves from the government. so good luck against the drone with your ak-47. that's all i'm sayin
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